Greetings from Palmia Observatory
Well here we are still in pandemic lockdown with many people dying or suffering or just out of work, and our "silly little inconvenience" is that we couldn't travel to Argentina for the December 14 total solar eclipse.
Ok, anyway, here is the projected path for viewing the December 14 total solar eclipse.
|Path for December 14 total solar eclipse (Source: www.timeanddate.com)|
Last year, we had planned to be on a cruise around Australia at time time and couldn't be in Argentina at the same time. Then when that cruise was cancelled we checked out maybe just travelling to Argentina on various possible eclipse tours only to discover that Argentina was also in shutdown and not letting non-citizens in the country. Hmm, we would have been like Tom Hanks in the movie "The Terminal", stuck in the airport, so we elected just to skip this eclipse this year.
|Hmm, not going to let us in Argentina for the solar eclipse (Source: eeeuu.cancillera.gov.ar)|
So, as long as we are stuck at home, why not go outside and take a look at the sun in sort of a sympathetic consolation prize in lieu of actually being able to see the eclipse. The total eclipse was predicted to be 8:13 am here in OC time, which would be about 1:13 pm in Argentina local time.
Hmm, even the weather and clouds here in Orange County are not cooperating.
|Nope, not going to see the sun at 8:13 am in Orange County (Source: Palmia Observatory)|
But you can always go online to take a look at many of the sites which will have photos of the eclipse. On site that usually has pretty good photos and description is Space.com at:
In the meantime, the clouds here in OC cleared away enough so that at 9:13 am we could take a quick photo of the sun. This photo was taken with DSLR, 300mm lens and solar filter with 1/2000 second exposure. Hmm, it seems the sun is all quiet, with no easily visible sunspots, even as we begin the next solar cycle.
|Finally, the sun comes out of the clouds at 9:13 am in Orange County (Source: Palmia Observatory)|
If you are interested in any photos or details from our July 2019 adventure to Chile to photograph the total eclipse, there are plenty of earlier blog posts on that topic. For specific photos of the eclipse you can find the details here:
Finally, after following the events of Starship SN8 test hop, some pundits on Twitter are recommending christening the latest Starship SN9 prototype, "Ilene", after a mishap in the high bay building at Boca Chica. Even Mary couldn't resist that we should not worry, "Elon will buff it out!" So, if you know anybody, like say a big sister, who is called "Ilene", let them in on the story! In the meantime, it won't be too long now that SN9 is transported to the launch pad for its maiden test launch. Go Elon!
|Accident in high bay leaves SN9 leaning (Source: Mary, @BocaChicaGal)|
Until next time, here from our burrow, stay safe, as we recover more of our freedom,